Road Home, The – China – 2001 – Drama/Romance. “A layered, delicately but surely romantic tribute to the simplicity and grace of a bygone era..”- Detroit News. When his father dies, Luo Yasheng returns from the city to his childhood village where his father was the much-loved local teacher. But what begins as a short… Continue reading Road Home, The
Story of the Weeping Camel – Mongolia/Germany – 2004 – Drama. “A beautiful little film that hovers somewhere between eye-popping documentary and warm-hearted fable.”-Fresno Bee. “A beautiful and delicate reminder of the myriad ways in which life is lived on this huge planet of ours.”-Miami Herald. Springtime in the Gobi Desert. A family of… Continue reading Story of the Weeping Camel, The
Shall We Dance? – Japan – 1996 – Comedy/Drama. “Good-natured, lighthearted, and a look inside Japanese society to boot.”-Movie Habit. A smash hit in Japan, it tells the warm, frequently funny story of a middle-aged workaholic whose incredibly dull life takes a funny turn when he signs up for a ballroom dance class – just… Continue reading Shall We Dance?
Scent of Green Papaya, The – Vietnam – 1993 – Drama. “…is first of all a film of great visual beauty; watching it is like seeing a poem for the eyes… Here is a film so placid and filled with sweetness that watching it is like listening to soothing music. (It) takes place in Vietnam… Continue reading Scent of Green Papaya, The
Rashomon – Japan – 1950 – Drama. “Innovative, experimental and brilliantly constructed, Rashomon is one of world cinema’s truly great works, questioning the notions of truth and morality with its multiple perspective, a film that put Kurosawa and Japanese cinema on the international map.”-Emanuel Levy. The murder of a man and the rape of… Continue reading Rashomon
Ugetsu – Japan – 1953 – Drama. Both Roger Ebert and Martin Scorsese have written that Ugetsu is one of the “greatest of all films.” Presented in a manner as eerie as it is heartbreaking, this film is a gorgeous supernatural fable about the folly of men with dreams larger than their abilities and their… Continue reading Ugetsu
Shower – China – 2000 – Comedy/drama. The New York Times called it “A sweet but serious comedy. Uplifting and witty.” When successful businessman Da Ming is summoned by his younger brother to come home to his father’s old-style bath house in Beijing, he can’t wait to return to his fast-paced modern life. But time… Continue reading Shower